Are you going?

It is exactly three weeks from the start of SCGS 2012 Jamboree today.  I am geared up and very excited to attend this year.  Not only will I be seeing my genealogy friends again, but my daughter will be attending with me this year.  It is her first time attending any genealogy conference and she is also excited for going.  I even talked her into being a guest blogger with her opinions of the conference from a 14 year-olds perspective.  We will see how she likes it.

If your on the fence about attending Jamboree this year, I highly recommend it as a great learning experience.  There are wonderful, well known, speakers in the genealogy field presenting classes such as Lisa Alzo, Elyse Doerflinger, Jean Wilcox Hibben, and Thomas MacEntee just to name a few.  There will also be an exhibitor’s hall with such noted companies as Legacy Family Tree, Inc., and FamilySearch, again to just name a few.  If that doesn’t get you into the door to the conference, you will be meeting fellow genealogy researchers, family historians, genealogists and yes, even me.  


Now that you’ve decided to go, let me know so that we can meet.  I love making new friends and meeting new people!



Happy Birthday to My Genalogy Obsession blog!!!

On January 19, 2012, my blog will be 1 year old!  I remember when I made my first post…I was so nervous that no one would read my blog.  I’m glad to find out that I didn’t need to worry about that.  Well I would like to celebrate but instead of normally receiving gifts, I will be giving gifts to you, my readers as a thank you for your readership.

What do you have to do?  Well, just post a comment to this post sometime between now and 6:00pm on Thursday, January 19th.  You can let me know what you like about my blog and what you don’t like, advice, anything that has to do with my blog!  I will use to pick the winning comments and post them at 8pm.  After your name is listed as a winner, you have to email me your address with the subject line “Blog Anniversary Contest”.  Once I receive your address, I will mail your prize to you.

Their are several prizes to be had.  They are webinar-on-CD by Legacy Family Tree and Genealogy At A Glance on African American Genealogy Research by Michael Hait.  I received them with my Geneabloggers swag bag when I attended the SCGS Jamboree in 2011.  I have six CD’s prizes and one At A Glance available.

  • Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors presented by Leland K. Meitzler (I have two of these)
  • Backing Up your Genealogy Data presented by Thomas MacEntee
  • Dropbox for Genealogist presented by Thomas MacEntee
  • Blogging for Beginners
  • More Blogging for Beginners both presented by Dear MYRTLE
  • Building a Research Toolbox presented by Thomas MacEntee
  • Genealogy At A Glance African American Genealogy Research by Michael Hait.

So there will be eight (8) winners total.  Come on people, comment and win a prize!!!  If you feel the urge, subscribe and become a regular reader.  That would be awesome too!

Have a great weekend!!!

My 2011 accomplishments and goals for 2012 – Part 1

In following Thomas MacEntee’s Open Thread Thursday, in which he asks “What did I accomplish in 2011?” and “What are my goals for 2012?”, this is part one of a two part post answering his questions.

Education – When I first started my blog, less than a year ago, It was my goal to get more serious about my genealogy research.  I had been doing genealogy research off and on for several years before the start of my blog.  I had figured that my first step back into the genealogy world had to be with education.  I had not been serious about my research for so long that I felt I may have lost my touch on my research techniques or with keeping up with genealogical technology.  I not only attended the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank in June but I met a bunch of new friends as well!  To also supplement the Jamboree conference, I attended a list of webinars, some live and some after they were originally produced.  I feel now that I have not only caught up with the times, but have surpassed my genealogy education that I had originally started with.  Another education item that I had applied for was for the next ProGen study group.  I was accepted and put on a waiting list.  Woo Hoo! I should be joining a group shortly after the new year.

Research – With the new education that I had gained, I was able to put them to good use.  I had found not only my grandfather’s Mexico Baptism record, but also for two of his daughters, and his three brothers.  It was more recently where I believe I found the baptismal records for my great-grandfather’s siblings, but that relationship still needs to be proven.  These documents caused my family line to be extended another two generations into Mexico.  This is the farthest I have gotten on my dad’s line for the last ten years.  I have also research and expanded my husband’s family back a few more generations.

Writing – In twenty days from today, it will be the first anniversary of my blog.  I remember during high school that I always wanted to be a writer.  A mystery writer to be exact, but I have found that I prefer writing about my family history instead of fiction.  I have done more writing in the past year then I did when I took a creative writing class many, many years ago!

Contest – Ever since I had decided to get serious about my family genealogy, I had decided to enter the NGS Family History Writing contest.  However, I was waiting to do this for when the NGS conference was either 1) in a state that my research was concerned about or 2) was in a state that was close to me so that if I didn’t win, it wouldn’t cost too much for me to attend.  Well it was published that the 2013 NGS conference would be in Las Vegas, NV.  I have since drafted part of my submission and have put my research on my research family into high gear.  I have until December 31, 2012 to submit my entree for this contest.  Wish me luck!!

These are the main accomplishments that pop out in my head.  When putting it down in black and white, it is amazing to me that I actually did all of this!  🙂  I can’t wait to see what I accomplish next year!

NEXT….my goals for 2012!

2011 SCGS Jamboree – Day 3 with more pictures

Day 3, the last day of Jamboree and I am a bit melencholy about leaving my new found friends at the end of the day. 

This morning started at 8:30am with a very informative class on California Cousins by Cath Trindle.  She discussed what records are available for those living in California and which ones have been lost or distroyed by naturals disasters such as the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.  My next class was Kory Meyerink who spoke on What Could Have Happened: Creating and Proving a Hypothesis to Solve a Tough Problem.  Kory showed us the several steps needed to take in order to prove a hypothesis.

After my Proving a Hypothesis class, it was lunchtime.  This time, most of us decided to get lunch from the Hotel’s food booth and sit at Blogger’s Island.  We ate, talked and blogged, well tried to blog is more like it.  It was fun chatting with everyone.  I met some really great people.  Here are a few:

This picture is of Amy Coffin and I.  She is the writer/owner of We Tree Genealogy Blog.  She introduced me to several of the genealbloggers.  Such as:

This is Cheryl Palmer of Heritage Happens blog.  When I first met Cheryl I had to do a double-take because she has an uncanny resemblance to someone I work with!

I also met Terri O’Connel of the Finding Our Ancestors blog.  Terri was very kind and invited me to lunch on Friday. 

After lunch, I had my last two classes left.  The first of the two was Thomas MacEntee’s It Is Well With My Soul.  This class was about finding your ancestors when disaster or misfortune hits.  He had a long list of very good resources for us to use.  I really enjoyed this class and learned a lot.

Me and Thomas MacEntee

My very last class was with John P. Schmal called Indigenous Mexico: An Introduction.  In all it was an ok class, but I expected a little more.  I was able to get a nugget of information here and there.  After this class was over, I headed over to Blogger’s Island to say good bye to my new friends and I took one more picture.

Me and Elyse Doerflinger

 Elyse is a remarkable young woman.  She is the owner/author of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog, attends college, and speaks at genealogy conferences.  She is a very personable young lady who brings everyone into the fun whether she knows them or not. 

Needlesstosay, I had a blast at the 2011 SCGS Jamboree.  I am definately doing it again next year.  What would I change for next year?  I think I will do the following:

  • Stay at the Mariott Hotel instead of driving back and forth from my home in Pico Rivera.  I know, its close, but I did miss out on some of the fun that happend after I left the Hotel.
  • I am considering on bringing my daughter and possibly my mom. 
  • If I do bring my daughter and/or my mom, I don’t think I will be able to monitor the rooms like I did this year.
  • Have more fun and meet more new geneabloggers than I did this year!

I definately recommend this conference to any and all genealogists or family historian.  It is a great learning experience and you get to meet others doing genealogy the same as you are.

Have a great day!

2011 SCGS Jamboree – Day 2 with pictures!

Today was an early day for me.  I attended the Genealogy Jeopardy! breakfast and had a great time. 

My breakfast. Yumm!!!
They had a panel of genealogy experts who played the Jeopardy game and our host was Kory Meyerink who was very entertaining.  The fun part was that the audience was able to play along and we had our own score sheets.   I think the top five or so audience participants won prizes.  I won with a score of 8900 and received one of Legacy’s webinars.  The food was pretty good for hotel food and I was very pleased with the whole event.

Kory Meyerink during the Genealogical Jepordy game. (Used with permission)

I had a few hours to kill before my next class so I went to the exhibit hall and chatted with a few vendors.  I stopped by Family ChartMasters who makes gorgeous charts using your family history information.  I loved the samples they had.  They even had a very large one on the wall.  It couldn’t all fit in my viewfinder of my camera! 

Kim Hovorka of Family Chart Masters (Used with permission.)

I also stopped by the booth and chatted with their Community Outreach Rep, Grant Brunner.   They were all very nice and they sponsored the Ice Cream Social on Friday night which was lots of fun.  Thank you so much to everyone at!!!

Grant and the gang at the booth. (Used with permission.)

There were so many vendors that I couldn’t get to them all as I needed to head to my class.

My first class of the day which was at 11:30am, was Thomas MacEntee’s Blogger Summit 2.  Not only was I an attendee of this class but I also volunteered to be room monitor.  All I did was make sure that the evaluation forms were handed out at the beginning of the class and collected them at the end.  I was also responsible for making sure everyone had a seat and that no one was standing (fire dept. code), although this class didn’t fill to capasity, there were still a lot of people in the class. 

After Thomas’ class, it was lunch time.  I went with a group of geneabloggers to Denny’s and had an expensive BLT.  I’m sure the higher cost of food at Denny’s was because of the proximity to the airport.  I forgot that I had to monitor another class after lunch so I had to hurry back to the conference after paying for my meal.  It was a class given by Geoff Rassmussen on the Overview of Legacy Family Tree which is the program I use for my family history research.  I did learn a few new things in this class.  My next and last class of the day was originally going to be The Many Facets of the National Archives Website given by Kerry Bartels, however, at the last minute I changed my mind and attended the SoCal Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogist.   I also learned something in this class as well.  I learned that I am at a point in my life where I am ready to be a professional genealogist.   Although I want to become certified someday, I am not ready to start doing this as a business.  I will someday, just not now.

By the time my classes were done, I was tired and I missed my husband very much.  So after my last class, I drove home.  Next year, I will be staying at the hotel as I heard that I missed out on a great pajama party!